Facebook has become part of our everyday life. It has become the easiest way to communicate, make friends, express our feelings, be updated on current events, and even promote a business.
According to a recent report, smartphone users check Facebook’s website 13.8 times a day and spend a total of half an hour each day on the social network on their phones. This only shows that Facebook has a huge impact on us.
Yes, Facebook has a huge benefit but it also has a downside. Especially nowadays where there are people who will try to hack your account and use it to scam others.
Some of you might think that there’s no hope in retrieving your Facebook once it’s hacked but you can still do something but you should be quick!
Step 1: Confirm if your account was hacked
You’re scrolling through your timeline and suddenly your Facebook logged out with no reason. If this happens to you, you can simply change your password.
To confirm if you’ve been hacked, go to your Facebook’s setting > Security and Login then check if there are other unfamiliar devices on “Where you’re logged in” if so, simply remove it to log out your account.
Step 2: What if you can’t log in?
Facebook has provided a specific URL, www.facebook.com/hacked where you can report if your account has been compromised. You need to provide your phone number or email you used to create your Facebook account.
With these details, Facebook will help you regain access to your account. Facebook will send questions that you’ll need to answer to provide more information on your hacked account.
Step 3: Change All Your Passwords
If you recover your Facebook account, make sure to change your password. You can also do this to your other social media accounts and even to your email.
Tip: it’s better to put numbers and symbols to your password so it will be harder to guess.
Step 4: Double-Check Your Permissions
Most of us linked our Facebook account on games apps, delivery apps, face apps, etc. These may look safe but some applications can have a virus that can hack your account. To remove these linked apps, simply:
- Go to your Facebook account
- Click Settings > Apps and Websites
- Remove all the apps that are linked with your Facebook account
The apps may still have the data they collected in the past, but it can no longer collect any details from your account.
Step 5: Secure Your Log-In Access
Because of hackers online, Facebook made a way to secure their users’ log-in access. When you activate your two-factor authentication, Facebook will send a code on your mobile number or email whenever you logged in into an unrecognized device.
Facebook can also notify you whenever someone logs in from a device or browser you don’t usually use. You can also choose 3 to 5 trusted friends that you can contact if get locked out. Your trusted contacts can send a code and URL from Facebook to help you log in back.
You can check these on Settings > Security and Login > Two-Factor Authentication
Step 6: Tell your family and friends that you’ve been hacked
If you can’t recover your Facebook account yet, inform your friends especially your family that you can’t access your Facebook.
Hackers usually hack accounts to scam people for money. Their targets are your family and friend. In some cases, the hackers will send a private message that something happened to you and you need money.
The worse thing that they can do is to access your email and hack all your other accounts.
Always Run Security Checkup
Facebook’s Security Checkup will make everything easier and safer. You just need to answer a few questions just to secure your account.
This security checkup is a good practice to prevent hacking cases.
Be careful in clicking random links and change your password from time to time
Clicking to a random link sent to you is the first thing that you shouldn’t do on Facebook. Even if you know that person, don’t click it right away. Some of these links usually go to a website that looks like Facebook and will ask you to log in again. This way the hacker will know your username and password and it will take seconds to hack your account.
Also, make sure to change your password from time to time just to be safe.
Let’s admit it, most of us are addicted to Facebook. We want to be updated and update others about our personal lives. There’s nothing wrong with it as long as you’re not doing anything wrong but always make sure that you’re safe and you still have some privacy for yourself.
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